When Life Gives You Sparrows

I love looking at photos of pretty pretty birds gathered around people's feeders or ponds or backyards.   Bright colors of red, blue, and yellow just pop off the screen and delight the eye.   We used to have a few more pretty colors pass through our place, but it's becoming more and more rare.   I'm not sure why that is.   We had some pretty finches until we took down a tree in front of the house when we did the remodel.   I don't see them anymore.   An occasional flash of blue or orange catches my eye but rarely the camera lens.   Our property is ruled by a pair of crows, which I appreciate.   Not only do I enjoy their antics and vocalizations, but they own this territory and that seems to be keeping the hawks from moving in.   We also have Magpies, another confident and sometimes entertaining bird.   Other than that, we have the joy of hearing an occasional Mockingbird, the annoyance of the Starlings taking daily baths in the chicken bowls, Blackbirds doing fly-ins by the hundreds, and the Sparrows.   Ah yes, the Sparrows.   First there are 5 or 10.   Then there are 50.   Before you know it, there are at least 100.   They love the chicken feed and consume about half of what I put out.   And then leave their little white droppings everywhere.   I try to appreciate their cuteness and take a few photos to amuse myself.   But still, they are Sparrows.   And I want other birds.   But life has given us these little creatures.   What's a girl to do?   Take a few photos and move on.   Enjoy your Cardinals and so many others.   I will continue to look at your photos with a bit of envy.


A frosty morning with sparrows filling the trees.


They are kind of cute, if there just weren't so many.


They also come in brown.


I'll be watching and waiting for something else.   If nothing appears, you will see more photos of the Sparrows.

Comments

simply bev said…
"When Life Gives You Sparrows"! Your title had me laughing out loud... Very clever, and I love the photo of the group of birds. Thanks for this post today!
Do you put feeders out? If I didn't I, too, would only see a passing few from a distance. I have become addicted to needing my "bird fix"! This morning was especially entertaining when all of the sudden through my lens I see the bird feeder being jolted to and fro only to look above the viewfinder and see mr. squirrel has flown in!
TexWisGirl said…
i like sparrows, too.
Mary Ann said…
"When life gives you sparrow"... should be a book title! I like your sparrow pictures, and we have them too, here!
C-ingspots said…
My husband has only recently started putting out a feeder in back and front yards to attract birds. We too, have a lot of sparrows and starlings. We have the red-winged blackbirds, lots of Juncos, which we call "Snowbirds", the occasional blue or scrub jay and rarely a canary. We also have a pair of red-tailed hawks that have a nest in an old oak up on the hill near our house. I love to watch them hunting in the field too. And once, a couple of summers ago when they were cutting the hay in the field, we saw a mama Bald Eagle teaching her 2 young ones how to hunt. That was amazing!! Your pictures are beautiful.
Daryl said…
we have lots and lots of sparrows, house finches and bluejays tho you mostly only hear the jays .. lots of robins in the park but as soon as i point a lens at them, they're off ... flying away ... so i too live for the bird bloggers blog photos
A Quiet Corner said…
I fell in love with Sparrows when I lived in VA!! We have a lot of them here too and they are very cute!!...:)JP
But we envy your ocean, the waves, the beaches and those glorious rolling golden hills of California. You can look at our birds and we will adore your oceanside views. :)
CountryDew said…
You have lovely things to look out, even if you are missing birds! That's one of the great things about blogs, you get to share the world.
missing moments said…
I love the sparrows and their variety. Although I don't have dozens of them in my yard but a good mixture of birds.
Lynne said…
Love the,
"When Life Gives You Sparrows" . . . They really are very cute.

I look to you to see a life of Cala Lilies, ocean views, ranch life and your exceptional photos of more . . .
shadowlake2005 said…
Seems like we have way more sparrows than anything else here, but I have learned to love them in spite of their plain Brown wrappers. They're awful cute, as your wonderful photos illustrate.

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